MADISON (WKOW) - Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) says a he hopes a former staffer who told Capitol Police that she feared for her safety around him is not being "used" by others.
Rep. Hulsey made those comments less than 24 hours after a report surfaced that the aide told police Hulsey brought a box cutter to the Capitol and considered bringing a gun on to the Assembly floor even though he doesn't have a concealed-carry permit.
The aide also claimed Hulsey insisted she train for self-defense with him, despite her resistance to the idea.
Hulsey tells 27 News he was simply trying to make sure his staffers knew how to defend themselves, after a Capitol protestor brought a box cutter into his office in 2012. Hulsey says he was also reacting to a comment from Capitol Police Chief David Erwin, in which he advised legislative aides to "punch" any protestors who got to close to them and made them question their safety. Hulsey says if that's what Chief Erwin wants, then there should be proper defense training.
Hulsey also questions the timing of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's original story about the Capitol Police report, saying he doesn't think its a coincidence it was released two days before the Assembly vote on the mining bill, which he has aggressively opposed. He also insinuated that this latest incident may have come to light in reaction to a letter he sent to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in which he alleges Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) may have violated federal law by lying to HHS about the financial status of Wisconsin's BadgerCare insurance program.
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